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Hi Cedric, hi Alex, all!

@ Cedric: I had to moderate your mail.

Hey, a great step forward :-) I'd like to add some thoughts and
information that has been collected some time ago.

Am Mittwoch, den 22.02.2012, 09:11 +0100 schrieb Cedric Bosdonnat:
On Tue, 2012-02-21 at 17:09 -0200, Olivier Hallot wrote:
Em 21-02-2012 14:41, Alexander Wilms escreveu:

...has the merit to open the discussion on the actual stupid template
management dialog/menus... 10 years of LibreOffice and I am still
confused by the twisted mind that designed it. I must have missed
something really basic all this time. Why on earth do we have to deal
with address book in organizing templates?  Why acess files in the New
templates dialog?

Some years ago, there has been an effort within the
project to improve the template handling situation. Although it might be
a bit outdated now, I think it would be a very valuable resource for
further information.

Please also note the archive file at the bottom of the page which
contains screenshots of various applications offering templates.

Alex, I have printed out those wiki page long time ago and added some
usability related comments. If you understand German, I can send you a
PDF of those pages ... any interest?

Furthermore, there should be some usage data available for that
dialog ... from OOo times.

Keep going. That will be a major hit for 3.6

I had in mind to change that sooner or later... just a matter of getting
some time to do the changes ;)

What I had in mind is pretty close to the mockup on the wiki... thought
I wanted to:
  * Have this dialog instead of File > New menu
  * Have the blank documents in that dialog too
  * Some tag-sorting feature on the templates
  * Mix all online and local templates in the same dialog for it to be
transparent to the user.
  * I would have tried to show the tags on a list / tree on the side of
the dialog, and wouldn't have used tabs to separate the applications:
for it to replace File > New submenu it needs to provide quick access to
at least the blank files creation.

I would like to add another thought. I notice recent changes (in the
master) / proposals (in Bugzilla) for e.g. the About dialog. It would be
a pity if we miss this chance for harmonization ... so maybe we could
create a "reference" layout that could be reused. Here an example how
this could look like (differnt theming, different product, different
windows ... but however):

For the connection to the templates repository, I'ld love to see
something using the CMIS protocol as this could allow us to easily
plug-in to any entreprise shared templates repository (or the LO online
templates someday when it'll support CMIS protocol).

++1 :-)

Alex, given the very good feedback and the additional thoughts ...
wouldn't it be helpful to add a whiteboard page in the wiki to collect
such proposals / requirements? Could you please do that?


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